Finding the cheapest holiday destinations can be tricky, so we’ve put together a guide to help you pinpoint the perfect place to enjoy a much-needed break. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to have fun with the family, craving some time away from it all, or just want to let your hair down for a week or two, our round-up of the cheapest holiday destinations 2019 has to offer will help you get those plans in place.
Cheapest for beach lovers
Top of the list has to be Turkey, with miles of coastline and resorts ranging from loud and lively Bodrum to mellow Marmaris, you’re bound to find your perfect beach break. The value of the Turkish Lira is predicted to stay low this year, so you should find your spending money goes further too. A slap-up meal for two with wine costs around £30, and a beachside lunch for two is under £10. If you’re looking for a family-focused holiday, then resorts like Lara Beach on the shores of the Med or pretty Hisaronu have plenty of hotels with kids’ clubs and a family-friendly vibe.
For a real bargain beach break head to Sunny Beach in Bulgaria. You can spend your days basking on the shores of the Black Sea, while history lovers will jump at the chance to see some stunning Byzantine architecture. Everyone will be charmed by a trip to the pretty village of Nessebar. There are some great aquaparks and nature reserves too, so all the family will have a great time.
If you fancy heading further afield, then Goa is up there with the cheapest long-haul holiday destinations you can find. It’ll cost a little more to get there than a quick hop to the Canaries, but with a bottle of local beer coming in at under a pound or a tasty three-course meal for just £20, your holiday money will go a long way once you’re in the resort. The best time to visit Goa is between November and April, so it’s ideal if you need some winter sun.
Cheapest for out-and-abouters
If you like your holiday to have plenty of places to explore without breaking the bank, then Croatia is perfect. While the popular tourist destination of Dubrovnik is a little on the pricey side, smaller resorts like Split offer great value. As well as boasting pretty beaches, the city is close to the UNESCO world heritage site of Trogir, an impressive Roman settlement at Solin. A simple meal in Split will be between £5 and £10, and a local beer comes in at around £1.50. Getting around is inexpensive on public transport, and car hire is reasonable too.
Egypt frequently features in the top ten of great value breaks, and Hurghada is named as one of the cheapest holiday destinations for 2019. Its location means you can do as much or as little as you like. Taking day trips to see the pyramids or visiting the Valley of the Kings at Luxor is as easy as spending the day on the beach. Many of the hotels in Hurghada are All Inclusive so you know that most of your food and drink costs are covered, but if you do want to venture out of your resort for an evening you’ll find meal prices are much cheaper than back home in the UK.
You may be surprised to see Sicily on the list, but unlike its pricey northern Italian counterparts, Sicily offers a fascinating destination without the pumped-up prices. You can stay near the hilltop city of Ragusa, within easy reach of Valle dei Templi, or base yourself in Giardini Naxos to marvel at Mount Etna and take a trip up the hill to pretty Taormina. A simple two-course meal in Ragusa will cost around £12 and a local beer is about £2.50. You’ll find similar prices in Giardini Naxos, but prices shoot up in glamorous Taormina. All is not lost though, just take the bus a little further up the hill to Castelmola and you’ll find reasonably priced, delicious food along with tremendous panoramic views.
Cheapest for party people
Greece still hits the spot when it comes to delivering fun-filled nightlife. Malia in Crete is the place to be when it comes to the club scene, with legendary venues along the strip dedicated to helping you dance the night away. A simple meal of burger and a beer will cost around £4, and two courses with wine will be about £15. Getting around is inexpensive, and many of our properties in Malia are self-catering, so keeping an eye on your budget is easy. If Crete doesn’t appeal, then you’ll find similar prices in other nightlife hotspots like Kavos and Zante.
If you fancy something super-glamorous and with plenty of bang for your bucks, then it’s worth taking a look at Las Vegas. While it’s very easy to spend a fortune, it’s just as easy to enjoy Sin City on a less glitzy budget. The sheer number of hotels all fighting for your custom means prices are competitive. Check out Fremont street for eye-popping drinks offers, and the tremendous Viva Vision light show which is completely free.
A meal at a mid-range restaurant will cost the equivalent of around £11, and you can pick up an all-American hot dog for a dollar. Add in the favourable exchange rate, and a Vegas escape starts to look affordable. Don’t forget to add a tip onto your meal prices: we recommend between 10-15% on average, or up to 20% for truly exceptional service.
Lively Lisbon is a great choice for nightlife with a more sophisticated flavour. You can enjoy dining in the alleys of Bairro Alto before heading to catch some live music in one of the many bars, or allow yourself to be wowed by the passion and energy of Fado, the traditional music of Portugal. There are some great nightclubs too, all open until the early morning, so you can be sure of having a memorable night. An inexpensive meal is around £6, and a local beer is under £2.
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